The Orangery

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Afternoon Tea
The Orangery at Blenheim Palace is a brasserie-style restaurant in a historic location. Enjoy flavoursome lunches and quintessential afternoon teas, amidst elegant décor and stunning views across the grounds. At lunch, The Orangery menu offers a range of rich British dishes. Afternoon Tea at The Orangery in Oxfordshire is an elegant affair befitting of its location. Savour traditional sandwiches, handmade cakes and a wide range of loose leaf teas, with a choice of champagnes on hand for extra indulgence. New for Spring 2019 - Complimentary access to the Blenheim Estate* upon presentation of a valid reservation for that day at The Orangery. Access to the Palace and formal gardens is not included in this offer.

Special Offers

Laurent-Perrier Champagne Afternoon Tea/High Tea: £40/£45

This summer, Blenheim Palace have partnered with the world-renowned chocolatier and patissier William Curley and Laurent-Perrier Champagne. William winner of the Academy of Chocolate “Britain Best
Chocolatier” and Pastry Chef of the Year. William has created bespoke, classically-inspired favourites for the afternoon tea at The Orangery with Laurent-Perrier Harmony Champagne.
Included in the price is free admission to the grounds and parklands

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 2 September 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 14:00-16:00

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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Orangery Blenheim was very nice, great service, food nice, however, it is very overpriced !!
I would only book again if it was a special occasion, as this was, my mums 80th birthday

A
Oxford
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Pleasant welcome, good service, interesting menu. Presentation and flavours up to the usual high standard. Thanks

SH
Oxford
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very enjoyable day. Unfortunately, the house and formal gardens were closed. Due to a burglary, that happened in the early hours. We will go back again.

MT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Our champagne afternoon tea was given as a present. The champagne was not cold. Although the head waiter did say ask for more you should not leave hungry, we were left unattended. Normally in a premium priced establishment such as this, I would have expected a member of staff to regularly ask if we wished more tea, tea loses its heat quickly!

I felt that the serving of afternoon tea was a low priority, between the main meals.

OT
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The waiter was clumsy plonking the plate down on the cutlery instead of firstly introducing the dish to the table and then making room for the plate. Then on leaving the area they took two steps back and walked into another table. The view however was nice and the general atmosphere was good although when advertised it appears to be a place where you should dress up a bit for the occasion, when in actual fact you can just rock up wearing scruffy shorts, t-shirt and sandles. On a more important note the food was good, although the extras were certainly pricey £4 for mineral water and £3 for bread.

CP
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Overall it was a nice experience, but I think it's slightly overpriced. The sandwiches were lovely and the scones were divine, however having 1 tiny pot of clotted cream was not enough for 4 scones. I don't think it's necessary to have a huge slice from the cake table to take away (even though it tasted lovely the next day), I can't imagine anyone can eat that after the other food. I'd rather they dropped the price by £2 or £3 and didn't bother with it. The service wasn't great, it wasn't overly busy but it was very hard to grab a servers attention and no-one asked if everything was ok and did we want more tea at any point. Also beware of the service charge, £8.50 was added onto our bill so it made 2 afternoon teas rather expensive.

MY
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A very enjoyable experience. The reason that I dropped 1 star is I thought that white tablecloths would be so much better than the laminated wooden table top.

KB
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Rosie was incredible, she always tried her best to go above and beyond to help. Her and Frankie made the experience special beyond compare. Perhaps an option of jam would be a nice touch for next time. Other than that I found it affordable and will be coming back

PF
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellent time, Mums 80th and she was well impressed. Nothing was to much trouble, waitrons all very attentive. Food quality was excellent.

LD
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved our visit to The Orangery. Very attentive and courteous staff gave a pleasant and efficient service; the selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones was delicious (though a little garnish would improve the presentation of the sandwiches); and the room is delightful, lending itself to a very relaxing experience.

KM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The first staff member we encountered was brusque and cool but Fergus has excellent interpersonal skills which should inform his progress. Sandwiches: good. Scones: superb. Small cakes: slightly disappointing but naybe our expectations were too high.
A birthday group's noise didn't enhance our experience.

EW
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Whilst the setting of the castle and the Orangery itself is lovely, I was rather disappointed with the quality of the afternoon tea.
The portions were generous and we were offered a box to take home the cakes which we didn't finish, which was great.
However, the sandwiches and cakes were mediocre and not of a particularly great quality. The bread was not of a good quality either and the sandwiches not very tidily prepared. The small cakes were also very average and did not taste particularly fresh. The lemon macaroons, whilst actually more tasty than the other cakes, differed greatly in size: as a table of two, we were served two macaroons, one of which was of half the thickness of the other: The scones were very good and the pots of tea that we ordered were both good.
The service was good, staff were polite and friendly.
Afternoon tea is a particular favourite of mine; I have paid a similar amount per person at other establishments, and the quality of the food was disappointing at The Orangery.

SW
Brighton
7 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Lovely lunch at the orangery. Service would have been marked higher but there was an issue with the bill when I was wrong. Glad we checked. Rectified without an issue but still sightly marred the overall experience.

JB
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This was our 3rd visit for lunch. The previous occasions were better with better menu. Selection very limited and lamb dish proved 50% fat. Service friendly but bill was £50 over charged with errors. Value for money only average. Ambience and table fine. May try afternoon tea next time which looked good.

X
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Very high price for an afternoon réa.
We were close to a noisy Group
Food was ok but not excellent
Disappointment

AB
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, lovely setting.

JP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, discreet and efficient staff, lovely food and champagne. They had even iced on the cake plate Happy 60th wedding anniversary, which was a lovely touch for my parents. Boxes supplied to take home the delicious cakes we could not eat. Would definitely recommend a visit to friends and family.

R
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a joint birthday meal with 3 friends. When the we told the waitress why we were there. On our desert plates Happy Birthday was written on all 3 plates in chocolate It was a lovely touch. The only negative is we had to ask for the food mess under our chairs to be cleared and I noticed a long hair over a foot under another tables chair

BR
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal, wonderful service on a beautiful setting. Tough to beat anywhere in London.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food and the service in this wonderful restaurant

SB
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was lovely service from staff could have been better we had the £36 tea which we had Welsh rarebit &eggs benedict and the plates were not cleared away when we had finished there was not a lot of room on the table we were not told about helping your self to the extra cake on the table it was only when I asked for a box the waiter said we could help our self to cake there was no disabled toilet which my self and my sister in law had to help my 99 year old mum down the stairs and back up again her mobility is not good and her eye site is poor you have the lift to take people in wheelchair up to the table nobody asked us if we needed help to take her to the toilet or even if there was a disable toilet we enjoyed the tea and the lovely surrounding of Blenheim palace we were celebrating my mums 99th birthday of which I think she enjoyed it

A
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was a little slow, with the finishing touches unrefined (eg open a water bottle but don’t pour, no jam and cream brought with scones, no topping up of glasses, not knowing what items are on the high tea table when asked, not explaining the high tea food when presented). Staff are willing to please but perhaps need some more upfront training for the attention to detail expected for a high tea/champagne high tea

SP
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Such a beautiful venue in a delightful setting! My friend and I had a lovely relaxing time while taking afternoon tea at The Orangery. Service was excellent, we were well looked after. Such a lovely atmosphere too! Only downside was my lactose intolerance meant I was given a vegan afternoon tea which wasn’t very tasty, and I left half of it as it was so bland (vegetable sandwiches aren’t really my cup of tea). I think they played my afternoon tea a bit too safe, so it wasn’t worth the money. My friend’s nut free afternoon tea was delicious apparently, and the normal versions we saw being given to other diners looked amazing! I would recommend The Orangery to anyone who isn’t lactose intolerant as we certainly felt looked after there.

CH
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good day finished with an excellent tea and free extra cakes to take home

SS
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We had a warm welcome. I contacted them in advance that I was allergic to fish and my party was a vegetarian.
I was a little disappointed to find that I was unable to have any meat fillings for my sandwiches as they were stored next to fish dishes. As I did inform them prior to my arrival I would have loved to have eaten a selector sandwiches not just the vegetarian option.

R
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food. Lovely setting. Will definitely be back.

A
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful,but would have liked the waiter who showed us to our table to pull out the chair,get me seated and fold out the napkin,little things that would have made the experience even better!

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It would be nice to be able to sit outside overlooking the Italian Garden.

KS
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the staff friendly and helpful, we had plenty to eat and the offer of a boxed slice of cake each to take home was irresistible. Thank you for a lovely afternoon treat.

B
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely afternoon tea at the Orangery. Sandwiches were the same as any other afternoon tea. Where it gets extra special is when you get to the lightest scones I have eaten and the selection of small cakes were to die for! Tea was lovely being loose tea always tastes better and the refills are included in the price. It was my Mums birthday and the top tier came with Happy Birthday on it which made my Mum very happy. Lovely ambiance, not rushed and very attentive staff. What more could you ask for!

RA
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Worth a visit. Service disappointing due to employment of untrained students- not their fault but meant that meal was expensive for a Sunday lunch. We have visited during the week and felt we received more attention. No wine waiter and so they seemed unsure although they were very friendly. We think tablecloths would enhance the experience. The food was very good and the setting in the Orangery was pleasant. R.

JK
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was very impressive. The food was brought quickly, by friendly staff. The Orangery is a lovely room in which to eat.
It was the perfect venue for a special celebratory meal.

TA
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Afternoon tea was delicious, in a lovely building. However it is very expensive! You are entitled to take some cake away with you but this wasn't made clear by the staff. If seated by the window you get a nice view but beware of the air-con, it is freezing.

AW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious lunch in very pleasant surroundings. Food arrive very quickly which did concern me but no complaints once we started eating.

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were expecting something special but found the experience average.
We have been to other, cheaper establishments for high tea and had better food.

JB
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The visit was for our wedding anniversary. Everything was perfect, we had a very relaxing afternoon.

PG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This is a very nice restaurant, but we were unlucky in that it was not very busy, so lacked in atmosphere. Service was a bit rushed.

PM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great afternoon, great afternoon tea, excellent selection of teas available, I would recommend it to anyone visiting the palace

DR
London
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary and the staff were just lovely particularly Nick Green the maitre d.

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, drink, service and setting with great attention to detail. Would highly recommend particularly for a special occasion.

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